Canaris, The Life and Death of Hitler’s Spymaster

The story of Admiral Canaris is worthy of the finest writer of espionage fiction, and then some. The corrosive operation of the many parts of Nazi Germany created scope for the most complex betrayals as departmental leaders fought for supremacy. This is a ripping yarn that should not be missed.

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NAME: Canaris, The Life and Death of Hitler's Spymaster
FILE: R2451
AUTHOR:  Michael Mueller
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back 
PAGES:  368
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, World War 2, German Intelligence, NSDP, 
Nazi, counter intelligence, intelligence, SD, Himmler, Hitler, 
Gestapo, betrayal, patriot
ISBN: 1-47389-433-6
IMAGE: B2451.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The story of Admiral Canaris is worthy of the finest 
writer of espionage fiction, and then some.  The corrosive operation 
of the many parts of Nazi Germany created scope for the most complex 
betrayals as departmental leaders fought for supremacy. This is a 
ripping yarn that should not be missed. 

Hitler believed in creating tension and conflict between his 
subordinates, believing that this would achieve the best results, 
while preventing any individual from becoming a direct personal 
threat to him. The results were not to match his expectations. A 
great deal of resource was destroyed as rivals fought each other 
for dominance and it contributed to Germany's eventual defeat. 
However the Canaris story is in a league of its own and may never 
be fully told with any accuracy. That is not a failure of historians 
because even the Admiral's own staff and close colleague ever really 
understood what his aims were or what he was doing. Historians have 
probably added to the confusion because they have often made guesses 
to achieve some sort of plausible conclusion.

An enigma and one time U-boat commander, Canaris did not appear to 
have any special abilities to run Germany's main intelligence agency. 
He spoke little, kept his cards very close to his chest, and listened 
with great care. When looked at from that perspective, he was an ideal 
spy and spy master.

The author has worked hard to navigate through the labyrinthine story 
that was the life and death of Canaris. There is also a very 
interesting photo-plate section. The end result is a review with 
conclusions which has credibility, but it is also an absorbing tale 
that rivals the finest creations of fictional characters.

By his own standards, Canaris was a patriot. He was not convinced of 
the suitability of Hitler as a national leader and appears to have 
taken exception to many of the acts of the Nazi Government. Finally 
he was arrested and killed, suspected of a part in the plots to kill 
Hitler, not least the attempt to blow him up. If he was involved, he 
would have shared with many German officers a belief that Hitler had 
to go if there was to be any chance of an acceptable peace treaty, let 
alone any prospects of German victory. There are tantalizing fragments 
of information that suggest this may have been the core of his story 
but we will probably never really know.

There are indications that Canaris was working with the Allies but this 
can also never be proven conclusively. He could as easily have been a 
classic spy master, weaving an incredible web to deceive his enemies at 
home and abroad. He was always distrusted by Himmler and the Abwehr was 
a natural competitor for Himmler's SD. This meant that there were 
multiple inter-locking webs woven by those who would seek to destroy 
Canaris. Many of the surviving fragments of information may well be false.

This is a great book to work through and it provides an enthralling story 
of plot and counter plot.